filbert

filbert

[fil-bert]
noun
1.
the thick-shelled, edible nut of certain cultivated varieties of hazel, especially of Corylus avellana, of Europe.
2.
a tree or shrub bearing such nuts.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English, short for filbert nut, so called because ripe by Aug. 22 (St. Philbert's day)

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filbert (ˈfɪlbət)
 
n
1.  any of several N temperate shrubs of the genus Corylus, esp C. maxima, that have edible rounded brown nuts: family Corylaceae
2.  hazelnut, Also called: cobnut the nut of any of these shrubs
 
[C14: named after St Philbert, 7th-century Frankish abbot, because the nuts are ripe around his feast day, Aug 22]

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filbert
"hazelnut," 1393, from Anglo-Norm. philber (1292), from Norman dialect noix de filbert, in allusion to St. Philbert, 7c. Frank. abbot, so called because the hazel nuts ripen near his feast day, Aug. 22.
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